PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu is “not surprised” that Memphis Depay has made a stuttering start to his career at Manchester United.
The Netherlands international left the Dutch side after firing them to Eredvisie glory last term with 22 goals from a wide attacking area.
Despite this blistering form and clear eye for goal, Depay is yet to notch a single effort or assist for his new side in Premier League action, while his eagerness to shoot on sight has started to draw criticism.
And Cocu, who coached and mentored the 21-year-old during his spell with PSV, says that it’s come as no shock to see his former player blowing hot and cold, but that he will come good if given time:
“I think each player will need some time to get used to a certain league like the Premier League,” he is quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“And I’m not surprised he’ll have some ups and downs, he’s a player who puts a lot of risks in his actions and if he’s not successful, criticism will follow, on the other hand, he can be decisive also.
“Some games will end good but it will be difficult in the beginning. I’m sure when he’s been playing a few months, I’m convinced he’ll get better and better.
“He will bring goals. He’s a very vertical player who always likes to play towards the goal. Not only will he score goals, he has good vision, a good eye for his fellow players
“He will always be a player that the opponents put two players against and the rest of the team can get some benefits from that.
“It’s normal you need some time to grow, you need a lot of games. Physically, he’s very strong and he’s a quick learner, also. And I’m sure when he gets some time he’ll get it very fast.”
Depay has scored for United in Champions League qualification action against Club Brugge – a brace in the first leg at Old Trafford.